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Muslim Scholastic Theology and Social Reform: Shaykh Mohammad Ghazālī’s Perspective

Bensaid, Benaouda and Grine, Fadila (2012) Muslim Scholastic Theology and Social Reform: Shaykh Mohammad Ghazālī’s Perspective. In: The global Muslim community at a crossroads : understanding religious beliefs, practices, and infighting, to end the conflict. Praeger Publications, USA, pp. 112-125. ISBN 9780313396977

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Social reform does not emerge in vacuum. It requires a comprehensive worldview (Weltanschauung) that answers the arising epistemological, theological and ethical issues. In the Muslim societies, contemporary Muslim thinkers have sought to illustrate the critical role of Muslim theology in shaping the Muslim thought while underscoring not only the socio-historical development of theology, but also the urgent need to formulate new approaches and instruction methods towards a Muslim theology (kalÉm) suited for a positive societal development. This study seeks to analyze the perspective of one prominent Azharite Muslim scholar, Shaykh Mohammad GhazÉlÊ (d.1996), concerning the Muslim theology and social reform and his views on the problems impeding prospect development of a new method of kalÉm. It explores GhÉzÉlÊ’s views with regards to the development of Muslim theology and spirituality, the interface between Muslim beliefs and social reform, the method of the Quran in raising beliefs, and the need for shaping an effective style for instructing Muslim beliefs. The paper concludes that GhÉzÉlÊ’s perspective provides a critical yet constructive insight on the role of Muslim theology for social change in the contemporary Muslim societies.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 6450/27784
Uncontrolled Keywords: Muslim community, theology, social reform
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP165.5 Dogma (‘Aqa’id)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr Benaouda Bensaid
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2012 16:52
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2012 17:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27784

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